The newsletter editor is always pleased to receive contributions to be considered for inclusion. The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect official LCT policy or opinion.

It is expected that anyone who wishes to make use of any material from the newsletter will seek the approval of the editor Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. Tel. 0422 885173


Chairman: Don Pickis, Lightowlers, Littleborough. Tel. 378849

Vice Chairman: Dan Docker, 93 Church Street, Littleborough. Tel. 372001

Secretary: Michael Farrell, 41, Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 370154

Treasurer: Peter Jackson, 8 Chelburn View, Littleborough. Tel. 373112

Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 370542

Minutes Secretary: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers. 378849.


David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Pauline Hopkinson, 12, Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
Judith Schofield, 4, Bottoms, Crag Vale. 0422 885173
Rae Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
John Street, Calder Cottage. 378043
Joe Taylor, 136a Market Street, Whitworth. 344711
Chris Wilkinson, 3, Fair View, Littleborough. 374020

Please pass on any suggestions that you have about the Trust and its work to any of the above.

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"The Civic Trust is a registered charity which is working to stimulate action to improve and regenerate places where people live and work"



Tuesday 26 April 1994
8.00pm Littleborough Coach House.

The Annual General Meeting will, as usual, receive reports from the Chairman and other Officers on its activities during the year 1993/4 and its plans for the future. Accounts for the year will be presented by the Treasurer. After the election of Officers and Committee Members it is hoped to focus attention on the work involved in developing a nature reserve and managing a specialist sanctuary.



This item, while printed in the newsletter, was crossed through with the word 'postponed'.
It is included here to keep faith with the original.

Website Editor

Coffee Morning and Bring & Buy Stall
Saturday, 26 March 1994 10.00am – 12noon
8, Chelburn View, Summit. Admission 50p
Proceeds in aid of Trust Funds
Tickets from Lincoln Jackson – or at the door!


Silhouette of man planting a tree

In order to complete the ambitious tree planting programme being carried out, the Tree Group would welcome assistance on Sunday 27 March from 10.00 am. The plantation site is to be found at the end of Starring Lane.

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Come to help at Shop Wood . . . . .

Also on Sunday 27 March at 1.30pm a small group of volunteers will clear litter from Shop Wood as part of an improvement scheme to improve the area and drain the footpath joining Calderbrook with Todmorden Road.

This work will be a Civic Trust contribution to a partnership scheme with Groundwork Trust and Rochdale M.B.C.

Any volunteers should meet at the bottom of the track by Barnes Meadows.

Don Pickis



A happy new year to all members of the Footpaths Group.

We were encouraged recently to receive confirmation that Rochdale M.B.C.’s Definitive Map Review has finally been given the go-ahead after a hiatus of six years. Hopefully we will be able to play an active and constructive role in it.

The summer programme was drawn up at a meeting in February. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The autumn programme will be drawn up at a meeting on Tuesday 28 June at 8.00pm in Harehill Park Council Offices. Please come along; refreshments are available.

N.B. Those who wish to participate in these walks are reminded that walkers must not bring dogs with them.

April Walks – same as last newsletter.

Sunday, MAY 1st : Meet Littleborough Square at 1.45pm.
Leader: Lincoln Jackson
Route: Long Clough – Green Wells – Turn Slack

Distance: 5 miles

Sunday, May 15th: Meet Littleborough Square at 9.00am.
Leader: Geoff Sutcliffe
Route: Dales Circular

Distance: 10 miles

Sunday, MAY 19th: Meet Square at 1.30pm or Wardle Fold at 1.45pm.
Leader: John Hindle
Route: Pottery House Lane – Rydings Dam – Clay Clough

Distance: 5 - 6miles

Sunday, JUNE 12th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: Tom Dawson
Route: Gauxholme Circular

Distance: 5 miles

Sunday, JUNE 26th: Meet Littleborough Square at 9.30am
Leader: Michael Farrell
Route: Otley Circular

Distance: 5 – 6 miles

Sunday, JULY 10th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: Geoff Sutcliffe
Route: Heptonstall – Hebden Wood – Colden

Distance: 5½ miles

Sunday, JULY 24th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: Joe Taylor
Route: Irwell Valley Circular

Distance: 5 miles

Sunday, AUGUST 7th: Meet Littleborough Square at 1.30pm
Leader: John Hindle
Route: Fernhill – Mount Etna – Forsyth Brow

Distance: 5 miles

Sunday, AUGUST 21st: Meet Littleborough Square at 10.00am
Leader: Geoff Sutcliffe
Route: Mytholmroyd – Luddenden Dean Circular

Distance: 8 miles



Picture: First prize ribbon


. . .and a good time was had by all.

Congratulations to the LCT team who not only took part in good heart in the Quiz Night at the Coach House but also won! Our team faced fierce competition from approximately 20 other local teams on Friday, 4th March and came through victors!




As a preamble to stimulating public awareness about Littleborough Civic Trust, last quarter's newsletter carried a "WHY NOT?" feature on the inside back cover. This time we go one further. Many people in Littleborough know of the Civic Trust through occasional articles in the Rochdale Observer without perhaps understanding its function.

To remain alert, responsive and generally healthy, any organisation must review its aims. So it's perhaps time that we should consider what we are about and how we can most effectively meet needs and generate support for helping to meet them. The definition of what the Civic Trust stands for, given inside the front cover, is certainly brief: it nevertheless expresses an active approach, very neatly, to a whole range of issues affecting us directly.

Taking just two, dealt with in this edition of the newsletter, firstly, if it really does matter that we have a coherent policy for conserving as well as generating energy in the U.K., then we can only blame ourselves if we say in 2 years' time, "That could have been done better!" and miss an opportunity to make our views known now.

Photograph: Children canoeing on canal

Outdoor pursuits

If we really do wish to see the excellent community facilities at the former High School in Littleborough further developed for outdoor and leisure activities which can exploit the potential in the area for open access, we will no doubt applaud and wish to support efforts being made by the Civic Trust with otherst locally to set up an Outdoor Pursuit Centre.

The point is that through voluntary organisations like the Civic Trust, we have a real chance to affect the way things are and could be, for the better.

So of course we value your support: it is vital to our existence and any success we may have. Can we ask you also, to be influential where you can in encouraging friends and acquaintances to join us too.

a) Please identify any local environmental issues you think the Civic Trust should tackle.

b) Please indicate practical help you would like to contribute to any of our activities.

(Contact the Secretary, Michael Farrell or any of the Committee Members listed inside the front cover)



A Public Meeting - Tuesday 24 May 7.45pm Littleborough Coach House.

As readers are aware, the Government's Pit Closure programme, in signalling a huge move from coal as a prime energy source, has focussed attention on alternative sources. Some of these, like Nuclear Powered Generating Stations and Windfarms are no less controversial in the problems they pose now and for the future, than coal burning plants.

Very strong local and national reaction to plans to develop a Windfarm on Oxenhope Moor represents a public concern which may be more than the expression of a gut feeling about spoiling the Pennine Landscape. Wind power of course is not the only alternative or renewable resource.

Littleborough Civic Trust hopes to give an opportunity for forming a balanced view of the various factors affecting the energy generating scene. It has invited environmental journalist, Crispin Aubrey, to set out some of the most important issues for those attending the public meeting on 24th May. Crispin Aubrey contributed to a regular environmental feature in the Friday edition of "The Guardian" and writes for the "Independent" newspaper and for the magazine "Country Living" on environmental issues.

Members of the public as well as Civic Trust members and friends of the Civic Trust will be very welcome. We hope to have with us a number of people, some with specialist knowledge, others actively involved with pressure groups, as well as those who are concerned and hope to come away better informed.

Chairman, Don Pickis.



Former Science Block, Community School Site.

Recent publicity in the Rochdale Observer group newspapers indicates that things are moving with plans to set up the proposed centre as a community venture. The terms, "community venture" and "partnership" have both been used to describe this type of project.

What precisely do they mean?

Firstly, this kind of scheme is by no means unique. Several are in existence around the country. Though they vary in their objects and organisation, they all share one basic ingredient - partnership.

In this situation partnership means a coming together of various interests to achieve an agreed aim through:

i) the basic motivation of local people to create something of value to the community.

ii) the support and encouragement of the Local Authority.

iii) the technical "know how" of community orientated business and commercial firms who have been persuaded with central government backing to donate skills and services to worthwhile projects. In almost all cases substantial funding to set up the project has to be obtained from award making bodies and charities.

In this present time of changing patterns of funding, successful environmental and leisure based schemes are coming to depend increasingly on the partnership approach. Often a charitable trust has to be formed so that sources of funding that would not be available to local authorities or private developers working on their own can be tapped and managed.

With the help of the Prince of Wales' Business in the Community organisation, methods evolved in the United States for carrying out major schemes for conserving and revitalising assets of buildings and land, are being applied here.

cartoon figures in outdoor pursuits.

Get outdoors!

We live close enough to Halifax to appreciate what the partnership approach has been able to achieve. Cleaned and refurbished buildings supply a thriving central business and shopping area and new uses for the Piece Hall and Dean Clough where new business enterprises have been encouraged to share facilities which it would have been impossible to provide elsewhere from scratch at today's prices.

The development of an Outdoor Pursuits and Leisure Centre in Littleborough is probably one of the most thorough going and ambitious community ventures in the Rochdale Metropolitan Borough, but it is not too much to hope that an amalgamation of interests, energies and skills will make the venture another success story in a catalogue of dynamic community based projects for which a favourable climate now exists in the United Kingdom.

Don Pickis



“It is anticipated that here will be more than 100 planning applications for Windfarms across the South Pennines this summer”.

Donald Thompson MP for Calder Valley.

“There is increasing disquiet among environmental and amenity groups and indeed in some parts of the industry itself on the implications of the growing numbers of proposals for large scale windpower installations. Whilst windpower technology is environmentally benign in many respects there are problems of proliferation and visual intrusion in remote or scenically valuable areas and some concerns about noise, safety and the impact on bird populations. There is an argument too that over emphasis on renewable energy sources as the major solution to our energy problems detracts from a more desirable and effective concentration on conservation and energy efficiency.”

Campaign to Protect Rural England.

“The Reverend Graham Kent spoke for many of us when he said at one of our meetings: We are not saying ‘not in our backyard’. This is not our backyard, it is everyone’s backyard. THE MOORS BELONG TO ALL OF US”

Flaight Hill Opposition Group Report, February 1994

“If all the schemes currently in the planning stages are developed, you will probably be within sight of a windfarm for well for well over half the route of the Pennine Way - and that is just under 300 miles."

Tony Philpin (Pennine Way Co-ordinator)

Photograph: Turbines bestriding the moor

Flaight Hill in the future?

The application for 44 Wind Turbines at Flaight Hill by Oxenhope Moor would cover over 600 acres of peatland and require a stated over-6 miles of tracks.

To date nearly 1,000 objections have been made to this proposal. Objectors include: World Wide Fund for Nature; English Nature; Royal Society for the 'Protection of Birds; Bronte Society; Open Spaces Society; CPRE; Ramblers Association; Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust; Long Distance Walkers' Association; Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; Countryside Commission; Country Guardians; National Trust; Yorkshire Mountaineering Club; Halifax Antiquarian Society; Federation of Pennine Bridleways Associations; Todmorden Footpath and Bridleways Association; South Pennines Association; Halifax Civic Trust; Calder Civic Trust; Greater Elland Civic Trust; Sowerby Bridge Civic Society; Todmorden Conservation Group; Halifax Scientific Society; Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce; Hebden Bridge Traders Association; Yorkshire & Humberside Tourist Board.... and the list goes on & on & on... and more people and groups are joining the ranks of objectors as time goes by.

The latest, or one of the latest "converts', to now be against this form of wind energy is the Green Party. Colin Harris, a prospective Euro MP, stood up at a Public Meeting in Hebden Bridge in March and said "We were wrong, we cannot support such a development after seeing all the facts" Congratulations to the 'Greens' for being able to put their change of policy so boldly!

Incidentally, individuals who have signed a letter published in The Times Literary Supplement, Feb 1994, calling for a moratorium against all windfarm development within 20 miles of Howarth Moor include Alan Ayckbourn, Melvyn Bragg, Asa Briggs, Lady Antonia Fraser, Christopher Fry, Fay Godwin, Glyn Hughes, Ted Hughes, Dame Iris Murdoch, Cliff Richard, Tom Stoppard; Emma Thompson. . . and again etc...

So, apparently, work is at present being carried out on the Environmental Statement for the proposed application for 20 Wind Turbines over Calderbrook, at Great Hill. This is on Urban Common, i.e. where the public has a right to wander at will, and the zone of visual impact across the Pennine Moors will reach further than the impact from the development at Flaight Hill - if anyone wants a map showing the area affected, please contact me.

The moor over Calderbrook is also "everyone's back yard".

Judith Schofield.


We wish to thank the COUNTRYSIDE COMMISSION and the YORKSHIRE BANK PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled the Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.


1 To all those people who have contributed to this edition of the newsletter.

2 A special thanks to those who assembled and distributed the newsletter.

3. To Mr. K. Parry for the original cover design which we have now commenced reusing.

Editor: Judith Schofield